Last weekend the Southern California cross country mountain bike race organizer Non Dot Adventures held their annual Casper’s Wilderness XC Race in San Juan Capistrano, California. This was the second race in the Non Dot Adventure series which continues with two more races into the end of March.
The secret to Why Cycles Supple Seven is the rectangularly tapered downtube and seat tube connection to the bottom bracket, allowing each to fit on the cylindrical surface without overlapping.
Alter Cycles represents the latest thinking from Mark Groendal’s refining and tuning his unique flexible top-tube, flexible down-tube bicycle design over the past 35 years. The technology, revolves around allowing the rider to increase his power stroke; additionally, some of the spring’s rebound provides momentum to the bike.
In this commodified world, a bike that stands with personality and a strong design intention is the Sage Titanium Barlow – a sturdy, reliable titanium bicycle thats essence is American, an intentional direction led by founder David Rosen to escape the overused carbon fiber that hit its peak in the 2010’s.
ENVE Composites, maker of carbon wheel sets and frame components finished work on a massive 73,000 square foot factory and opened it up to the public for the first time this week. The wheel maker has been making wheels in Ogden, Utah with 168 employees for more than 10 years and the new mothership allows for a 4x increase in production. Ready to see inside?
The North American Handmade Bicycle Show showcases some of the most talented bicycle builders from around the globe. We compiled a gallery of the studio shots of some of the most impressive, and interesting, bikes at this year’s NAHBS.
Never mind the food, amazing views, and reliable support, the best part about the event was the great feeling of community. Phil Gaimon’s wit and light heartedness really set the tone for an uplifting and joyful ride; there were lots of smiling faces. We look forward to many more years of the Malibu Gran Cookie Dough.
This classic climb in the central coast takes highway 46 from the coast, south of Cambria, and sends riders over an enlightening grade, connecting cayucos to the south, and Paso Robles to the north.
H.L. Mencken said that one characteristic of Americans is we’re afraid that someone somewhere is having fun. If that’s the case, we need to close our collective eyes when someone rides by on an E-LUX cruiser, because they’re definitely having a good time.
We experienced Phils Fondo when we spent some time with Cannondale rider Phil Gaimon in Santa Monica, along with chef Jeff Mahin owner of M Street Kitchen, during a preview ride of the routes they’re putting together for this fall’s Malibu Gran Cookie Dough.
The second stage of the Amgen Tour of California presented by AEG was a healthy mix of climbing through the hills and valleys between South Pasadena, where the race began, and Santa Clarita, the race finish.
The Brompton World Championship USA took place on the west coast for the first time in its 10 year history. In place of the stretchy fabric ubiquitous to cycling, the “Bromptoneers” were resplendent in suits, ties, dresses and pantsuits.
During the “Space Race” of the 1970’s when the SoCal aerospace industry was in full swing, Dr. David Hon was a leader in the field of laser technology. After receiving his Ph.D. in physics from USC he was recruited by Hughes Aircraft, where he worked on many of the breakthroughs in the laser systems used in missile guidance and anti-aircraft guns.
This double top-tube bicycle is a classic design with an added second horizontal support that increases the strength of the frame. The triangle which is the shape of a bicycle frame, is the perfect structure for evenly distributing rider weight and pedaling forces.
Don’t judge the Linus Roadster Classic by its simplicity. In fact, this bike offers all the appurtenances of a quality bike, and provides an excellent ride experience with minimal maintenance. Linus models their designs on bicycles appearing in 1950’s and 60’s French cinema. At their office in Los Angeles, they merge classic design with modern.
Racers in the inaugural eMTB race make their way around the course at the 2016 Sea Otter Classic festivel held in Monterey. The event is the first of it’s kind in the US, though the bikes are raced extensively in Europe.
Faraday Bicycles, named after a famous 19th-century British scientist and inventor, was one of the earliest crowdfunded successes. Their Porteur e-bike resonated with the public and generated almost $200,000 in revenue, which hastened the formation of the company.
The Detroit A-Type is a city bike fit for a bicyclist. Weighing in at a mere 29 pounds with the bike rack attached, the fully steel A-Type can be ridden comfortably upright in a beach-cruiser position or pushed to the limit by riders who are used to higher speeds.
We accompanied Rally Cycling to the San Diego Wind Tunnel earlier this month, and had the opportunity to see how the team uses the tunnel. Members of the team brought their bikes into the chamber and mounted them atop an aluminum platform that measures the effects on the static bike/rider combo by the forced air circulated by a 20-foot propeller on the other side of the building.
Before the Unlikely Cyclist became a popular SoCal bike shop in Costa Mesa, and a go-to resource for beginners to advanced female cyclists, it was the title of Lisa Kanno’s cycling blog which she started after buying her first road bike in 2011.
It was obvious from the handling characteristics that State had studied frame geometry thoroughly. The biggest surprises were the Vigilante tires which had minimal rolling resistance on the road but hooked up well in the dirt and the front fork which afforded a scrumptious magic carpet conveyance over impediments in the trail.
The third installment of the SoCal Fixed Series took place on Sunday, March 13, and was presented by Throne Cycles and hosted by community leader Hector Morales Jr. The Strong Beach Criterium is a technical, 6-turn course that includes a hairpin turn and a roundabout. Racers must survive 40 minutes of surging breakaways and attacks before race officials announce on the megaphone that there are ‘5 laps to go.
This episode covers the background details of the State Bicycle Co. 29’er steel MTB review featured in Issue #131. We talk about the bike, our review conducted out in Idyllwild and the status of the road to Crystal Lake, a favorite of the team that’s been closed to cars due to a mud slides, but definitely not bikes.
The Comeback Crit was the kick-off event and the first of 10 comprising the SoCal Fixed Series. These events are for track bikes with fixed gears and no brakes that race on a closed, asphalt short-course.
While downhill racers across the country waited for snow to thaw and ski-slopes to return to their summer shade of grassy-brown, SoCal racers have been enjoying the bluebird weekends in Fontana, racing in the Southridge Racing Winter Series. Organizers host a weekend of mountain-biking that have some participants choosing to camp for the two-day mountain-mash.